Regina (Cyr) McLeod
ARLEE - Regina (Cyr) McLeod died of natural causes in her home Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, 2004, with her family by her side. She was 102 years old. She passed peacefully to join her Heavenly Father and rejoin her many family members.
Regina was born Jan. 13, 1902, in Frenchtown to Esmeralda and Lawrence Cyr. In 1911, her family, including nine children, moved to the Arlee area.
While attending school in Arlee, she met her school sweetheart, Bernard McLeod. They married on July 1, 1918. They raised their two children, June and Eugene, and helped raise Bernard's four younger brothers. They homesteaded on their allotment northeast of Arlee, on what was later named McLeod Road, after them. Regina and Bernard were married for 62 years when Bernard passed away in 1980. Regina continued to live at their "retirement" ranch until her passing.
Regina was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard; her children, June Mahler and Eugene McLeod; and grandson, Ronald "Buzzy" McLeod.
Regina is survived by her grandchildren, Walter Mahler of Virginia, Sharlene LaRance of Helena and B. Kent Mahler of Missoula; eight great-grandchildren, Kay McLeod, Doug McLeod, Kim Camden, Roger Mahler, Michael Mahler, Jennifer Mahler, Sarah Mahler and Christine Mahler; and many great-great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be held from 9-5 p.m. Monday at the Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home chapel in St. Ignatius. Viewing will continue at 6 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Arlee. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Monday at the church. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Scared Heart Catholic Church in Arlee with Fr. Andrew Maddock, S.J., celebrant. Interment will follow in the Jocko Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Arlee Historical Society.
Don C. Mellgren
STEVENSVILLE - Don C. Mellgren, 78, of Stevensville, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, from cancer.
He was born to Oscar and Inda Mellgren in Eagle Grove, Iowa, on Aug. 15, 1925.
He attended schools in Eagle Grove and graduated from high school, where he excelled in basketball and other sports.
In 1943, he joined the Air Corps and became a cadet at the University of Montana. In 1946, he returned from the war and attended Iowa State College Forestry School. He later transferred to the University of Montana in 1948 and continued his forestry degree in land management, graduating in 1951.
He married Frances McGrath, a childhood friend, in 1948. They lived in many places besides Missoula. His work with the Bureau of Land Management took him to Miles City; Billings; Washington, D.C.; and Denver. He transferred into the Fish and Wildlife Department the last six years before retiring in 1981.
Don had many hobbies besides golf and tennis. He was a wood carver of birds, built furniture, restored and built violins, did oil painting and especially loved fishing.
Don was a member of the Stevensville Methodist Church. He was a member of the choir for many years and initiated the building of the fellowship hall in 1992. He loved singing and helped start the Missoula Men's Barbershop Chorus. He was a tenor in the Pinetones quartet and they sang all over the Northwest and won many competitions.
As district manager of the BLM in Missoula, he also initiated the restoration of the mining town of Garnet. Carpenters for Christ was another one of his creations.
He is survived by his wife, Frances "Ginny"; two children, Melanie of Missoula and her son, Mathew and wife Lori and their daughter, Katie Jo of Boulder, and Timothy and wife Sheila and their children, Abby and Mahle and husband Chase Williams; sisters, Joan Sanders of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Mary and husband Roger of Mesa, Ariz.; brother, Robert of Emigrant; five nephews; and two nieces.
Don's energy and enthusiasm for life will be missed by us all.
Family services have been held and a memorial service will take place at a later date.
Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.
The family suggests memorials to MDM-Hospice of the Bitterroot, Carpenters for Christ or the Stevensville Methodist Church.
Lyle Dale Barringer
HAMILTON - Lyle Dale Barringer, 87, of Hamilton, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at his home surrounded by family.
He was born Feb. 6, 1916, to LeRoy and Hallie (Carver) Barringer in Inverness.
Lyle and his family moved to Ruthven, Iowa, where he was raised and went to school.
In 1940, Lyle and his Uncle Leo moved to Darby, where he worked for Leo running a service station and also drove a school bus.
He married Wilma M. Johnston in Hamilton in 1940. To this union brought three children, Bill, Karen and Sheri.
Then in 1942, Lyle worked for Hughes Creek Mining, dredging for silver and gold. When the mine closed, he went to work for Harper Logging as a sawyer.
In 1945, Lyle built and opened the Tin Cup Cafe in Darby. He then went to work for Fluorspar Mining Co., and in 1958 Lyle started his own excavating business, Valley Enterprise.
In 1961, Lyle met and married Helen Marie Thomas. They had a daughter, Lisa Marie, in 1963.
He successfully owned and operated Valley Enterprise until his early retirement in 1975. Lyle loved to tinker and build in his own shop. We are all left with many wonderful souvenirs, as well as many memories.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, LeRoy and Hallie Barringer; twin brothers, Harold and Harlan; and a sister, Velma.
He is survived by his wife, Helen of Hamilton; a brother, Russell Barringer and wife Delores of Washington; sons, Bill Barringer and wife Pat of Whitehall and Doug Thomas and wife LaDonna of Boise, Idaho; daughters, Karen Mitchell and husband Bill of Hamilton, Sheri Hazelwood and husband Dan of Spokane, Lisa Bryan and husband John of Culdesac, Idaho, Kenna Hugulet and husband Bill of Whitehall and Diana Waldo and husband Dave of Hamilton; as well as 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
We will be celebrating Lyle Barringer's life at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Darby with interment to follow at Lonepine Cemetery. There will be a potluck reception following the committal services at the church.
Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.
The family suggests memorials in Lyle's name to Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Hospice Center, 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton, MT 59840.
Richard M. Schneider
MISSOULA - Richard M. Schneider passed away Dec. 21, 2003, at his home in Missoula. As he would say, it is not over until the fat lady sings. Well, she sang.
Richard was born in Scotland, S.D., on Aug. 24, 1927, the 12th of 13 children of Joseph and Marie (Voska) Schneider.
Richard served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific in World War II from 1944 to 1946.
Richard retired from Mountain Bell in 1981 as supervising foreman after 35 years with Western Electric and Mountain Bell.
He married Moonyean Lundervold of Estherville, Iowa, and enjoyed 53 happy years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Josephine and Helen; and his brothers, Wesley, Frank and Ernest.
He is survived by his wife Moonyean; two sons, Rick and wife Nikki and children Nikki Lynn and Stephanie, of Rock Springs, Wyo., and Jeff and wife Mada of Lewiston, Idaho, and children Curtis of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Cindy of Moscow, Idaho; and sister-in-law, Eileen Haacke and husband Dan of Stevensville.
He is also survived by his sisters, Marie Buck of Springfield, Ill., Rose Emry of McAllen, Texas, Clara Hahn of LeMars, Iowa, Martha Oldham of Springfield, Mo., Ethel Hone of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Lily Fitzpatrick of Centennial, Colo.; and one brother, Joseph of Denison, Iowa.
Richard was a member of Harmony Lodge No. 49 A.F. and A.M., Missoula Scottish Rite Bodies and Algeria Shrine Temple. He was a member of VFW, American Legion and the Telephone Pioneers of America.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Montana Cremation and Memorial Society, 3035 S. Russell.
A special thanks to his sister, Lily Fitzpatrick, and Partners in Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Services for his special care.
The family suggests that memorials be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children; or Partners in Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Services.
Marian Louise Marsello
MISSOULA - Marian Louise Marsello passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, surrounded by family members.
She was born June 17, 1922, in Rockford, Ill., to Marie Natalie Oberg and Leo John Polleys. She was the second of four daughters, Lillian "Lil," Marian, Dorothy "Dot" and Shirley "Sug." She lived in Rockford, Ill., Chicago and Missoula as a child, attending Lowell Elementary and Missoula County High School.
She married Paul Edward Merseal on June 17, 1940, in Superior. They were later divorced. They had three children, Edward, Sharon and George.
She married Feliciano "Felix" Marsello on Nov. 1, 1958, in Missoula. They shared 45 years of marriage together. Their children are Nicola Felix "Nic" and Cathy Jean.
Marian enjoyed working as a cook in her younger years, when she met her husband Felix. She loved her family very much and the large holiday get-togethers, as well as our yearly reunions at Lake Mary Ronan, which were always full of laughter and stories shared.
She was an avid collector of china dishes and loved going to the auctions. She also enjoyed gardening and reading. She especially loved to sit on the front porch with Felix at the end of the day and have a glass of wine.
She is survived by her husband, Felix, and sister, Sug Scherpenseel of Kalispell; children, Edward Merseal (Joann) of Superior, Sharon Hemphill (John) of Frenchtown, George Merseal (Mary) of Bonner, Nic Marsello of Missoula and Cathy Marsello of Boulder.
She was the proud grandma of Paula Best, Kelly Dube-Woodard, Lina (Jeff) Peterson, John Jr. (Jan) Hemphill, Lori (Brian) Baird and Daniel (Brenda) Fettig; the great-grandma of Scott, Nathan, Bryan, Natalie and Emily Best, Jesica and Tanner Dube, Michael and Kyle Peterson, Amanda Hemphill, Christine Baird, Zachary, Courtney, Caleb and Gregory Fettig.
She was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, three sisters and three brothers-in-law, a granddaughter, a grandson and a nephew.
Marian was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Rosary and vigil services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at Livingston-Malletta & Geraghty Funeral Home, located at 224 W. Spruce. Mass and funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis Xavier Church located at 420 Pine St. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends are invited to stay for the luncheon and visit with the family following services.
Without His love I can do nothing, with His love there is nothing I cannot do.
Joseph Adam Gollmyer
ORANGE PARK, Fla. - Mr. Joseph Adam Gollmyer, 88, a former resident of Missoula, passed away at his home in Orange Park, Fla., on Jan. 8, 2004.
He was born in Billings and retired from the Northern Pacific Railroad.
He was a member of Wesconnett Assembly of God.
Mr. Gollmyer was preceded in death by his wife, Ella (Martell) Gollmyer, who passed away in August 2002.
Survivors include his son, Robert E. Gollmyer and wife Jane of Orange Park; two daughters, JoAnn (Gollmyer) Loughridge and husband Everett of Belton, Mo., and Sharon Gollmyer of Orange Park; two sisters, Bertha Friedman and Betty Ann Schieno; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
The funeral home handling Dad's arrangements is Holly Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery, 3601 Old Jennings Road, Middleburg, Fla., (904) 282-9336.
Robert Gene 'Bobby' Pritchard
MISSOULA - Robert Gene "Bobby" Pritchard, 81, of Missoula, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004, at Village Health Care Center of natural causes.
He was born Nov. 19, 1922, in Missoula to Robert Bruce Pritchard and Diane LaMoria Swartz.
Bobby worked at the Palace Hotel from 1941 to 1943 as a clerk and bellhop. On April 11, 1943, he joined the U.S. Army. He served as a rifleman and cook until Jan. 22, 1946. At that time, he returned to the Palace Hotel and worked there until 1955. For the next 33 years, he was a bartender at the Oxford Bar and Cafe until his retirement in 1988.
He was married to Darlene Merritt from 1952 to 1957 and the couple had three children. He was later married for a brief time to Beverly Bradley.
Bobby's hobbies included woodworking, puzzles and elaborate Christmas displays.
In his younger years, Bobby was an accomplished roller skater. He loved to fly, sometimes landing on whatever highway or field available.
His life evolved around his love for his family, friends and animals. Bobby was a kind and gentle man whose door was always open to those in need. Bobby was much loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Dick, Jerry and Tommy Pritchard.
Survivors include his three children and their spouses, Buster Pritchard, Mike (Tanna) Pritchard and Bobbi (Oscar) Nuckolls; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all of Missoula; four brothers, Sherman (Ruth) Pritchard of Alaska, Fritz (Millie) Pritchard of Missoula, Tootie Pritchard of Helena and Bingo (Carlene) Pritchard of Missoula; three sisters, Puss Evjen of Washington, Sandra (Bill) Hinsen of Deer Lodge and Diane Wyatt of Anaconda; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. at Garden City Funeral Home, where a reception will follow.
Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons, Shaun Resner, Kyle Pritchard, Ryan Knutson, David Pritchard and Jesse Pritchard.
The family suggests memorials to the Missoula Humane Society.
Vermont Virgil 'Monte' Neumiller
MISSOULA - Vermont Virgil "Monte" Neumiller, 71, of Missoula, passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at St. Patrick Hospital of a heart attack.
He was born Aug. 11, 1932, in Mobridge, S.D., to Christian and Bertha (Klein) Neumiller.
Vermont was married to Carol May Popham, she preceded him in death. On April 7, 1984, he married Diana Slenes.
Vermont worked for Highlander Brewery and several service stations before retiring from Sheehan Majestic.
Vermont belonged to the Moose Lodge and was a longtime bowler.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wilbur and Earl Neumiller; wife, Carol May Popham; and one grandchild.
Survivors include his wife, Diana of Missoula; children and their spouses, Rick (Nora) Neumiller, Ken (Marilyn) Neumiller and Sue Rasley; stepchildren, Catherine (Dave) Kaudy and Stephen Stipech; grandchildren, Heath, Ben and Heather Rasley, Thomas, Ben, John and Sarah Trueax and Kendra, Kurt, Mark and Alia Neumiller; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Jan 23, with a memorial service at 2 p.m. at Garden City Funeral Home. A reception will follow the service at the Eagles Lodge.
Honorary pallbearers will be Heath Rasley, Ben Rasley, Thomas Trueax, John Trueax, Ben Martello and Kevin Martello.
Family suggest memorial to the Moose Lodge, the Human Society of the Heart Foundation.
Gerald R. 'Jerry' Sias
RONAN - Gerald R. "Jerry" Sias, 61, of Ronan, died at his home Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, of natural causes.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Ronan Alliance Church. Burial will follow at the Ronan Cemetery.
A complete obituary will appear later.
Shrider's Mortuary of Ronan is assisting the family with arrangements.